logo

The Main Stage in the North Hall offers the NAB Show community the opportunity to gain valuable insight from thought leaders and visionaries on what cutting-edge technology the industry is using to stay relevant in the face of change, what the future of content holds, and where the industry is headed. Sessions run from Sunday through Wednesday and include recognition of those who have made a difference in the media and entertainment industry. Sessions are open to all attendees.

MERGING REALITY WITH FANTASY: VIRTUAL PRODUCTION & VISUAL EFFECTS ON HBO MAX’S OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH
Sunday, April 24 | 2-3 p.m.

Over the years, the worlds of visual effects and live action production have lived in two different places on a project’s timeline. But with the application of new techniques in virtual production combined with modern visual effects tools, the lines are becoming blurred. Sam Nicholson ASC, the virtual production designer from Stargate Studios and visual effects supervisor David Van Dyke breakdown how they combined forces to bring the pirate world of HBO Max’s Our Flag Means Death to life.

IN CONVERSATION WITH NICK CANNON
Sunday, April 24 | 3:30-4:15 p.m.

As the 2022 NAB Show opens, April Carty-Sipp, NAB executive vice president of Industry Affairs, sits down for a candid conversation with multi-hyphenate talent Nick Cannon to discuss his career and his thoughts on how the industry has evolved over the past few tumultuous years.

MENTORING & INSPIRING WOMEN IN RADIO: TRAILBLAZER AWARD PRESENTATION
Sunday, April 24 | 4:05-4:15 p.m.

Following Nick Cannon, NAB’s very own Chief Diversity Officer Michelle Duke will be presented with the Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Trailblazer Award. The presentation will be made by Ruth Presslaff, founder and president of the MIW Board of Directors.

THE NAB ACHIEVEMENT IN BROADCASTING AWARDS
Sunday, April 24 | 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Nationally syndicated radio host Jim Bohannon and iconic game show “The Price Is Right” will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame as the 2022 radio and television inductees.

Award-winning journalist Lester Holt and NPR’s All Things Considered will also be honored as the 2021 Broadcasting Hall of Fame television and radio inductees. Jeremy Sinon, vice president, Digital Strategy at Hubbard Radio, will be honored with the Digital Leadership Award.

Levar Burton will receive the inaugural Insight Award from the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation.

NAB SHOW WELCOME
Monday, April 25 | 9-10 a.m.

In his first-ever State of the Broadcast Industry remarks, NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt will share his vision of NAB’s role in strengthening the future of the broadcasting industry and address the issues impacting local radio and television stations. He will present the NAB Distinguished Service Award, which is given to broadcasters who have made significant, lasting contributions to America’s broadcasting industry, to former NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith, and the National Radio Award, which honors outstanding leadership in the radio industry, to Caroline Beasley, CEO of Beasley Media Group.

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH FCC CHAIRWOMAN JESSICA ROSENWORCEL
Monday, April 25 | 10-11 a.m.

NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt and FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel will sit down for a fireside chat immediately following the NAB Show Welcome. They will discuss the Chairwoman’s priorities for 2022 and beyond, what she sees coming in the media and telecommunications sectors, and her thoughts on the state of the broadcasting industry.

GOOD IS NO FUN AT ALL: THE MAKING OF “THE BAD GUYS”
Monday, April 25 | 1-2 p.m.

The American Cinema Editors (ACE) will present a deep dive on making The Bad Guys, the just-released animated movie from DreamWorks Animation. The film is based on the New York Times best-selling book series about a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws who are about to attempt their most challenging con yet — becoming model citizens.

Panelists include feature director Pierre Perifel and editor John Venzon, ACE. Carolyn Giardina, tech editor for The Hollywood Reporter, will moderate.

JIM GAFFIGAN LIVE!
Monday, April 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m.

To celebrate NAB Show’s return, Jim Gaffigan, five-time Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer and producer, will take the stage for an exclusive afternoon of comedy.

A TIKTOK TALE: ENTERTAINMENT THAT CONNECTS
Tuesday, April 26 | 9-10 a.m.

The video platform TikTok brought the world together and changed the way we experience entertainment. In this Q&A, hosted by NAB’s Vice President of Content Design & Development Jonathan Toomey, Carly Zipp, global head of B2B Marketing at TikTok, will share the story behind this cultural reset, delve into how TikTok was engineered to entertain and how it transcended social media to reshape the way people experience content and connection. Zipp will also share tips for attendees on how to take up primetime slots in this new world and connect with their audiences on a deeper level.

BRICK BY BRICK: MAKING CONTENT AT THE LEGO GROUP
Tuesday, April 26 | 1-2 p.m.

The LEGO Group’s in-house content production team offers attendees an in-depth look at how stories are brought to life for one of the world’s biggest toy brands. Shooting in zero gravity, ensuring diversity in production, bespoke production solutions and multi-territory collaboration will be covered, supported by several case study films.

Panelists include Mette Søgaard Lorenzen, senior production manager; Anne-Mette Vagn Hansen, associate creative director; David Williams, video studio manager and producer, all with The LEGO Group. Charlie Cooper Henniker, director of film production with The LEGO Group, will moderate.

YOU’RE DOING GREAT, BOO: IN CONVERSATION WITH PELOTON’S CODY RIGSBY
Tuesday, April 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Fresh off his successful run on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby hits the NAB Show Main Stage to share his wit, wisdom, tips and tricks for being the best version of yourself while navigating this ever-changing world. As he says, “Get your life together!”

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP SERIES: GORDON H. SMITH AND BYRON ALLEN
Wednesday, April 27 | 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Media executive and NAB Television Board Member Byron Allen joins former NAB President and CEO Gordon H. Smith for a candid and informative conversation. The two will discuss their unique career paths, respective roles as advocates and leaders, and speak on the value of local television.

CLOSING KEYNOTE: WHY THE MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY SHOULD THINK LIKE A FREAK
Wednesday, April 27 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The closing keynote will feature Freakonomics co-authors Stephen Dubner and Dr. Steven Levitt. Since first published in 2005, “Freakonomics” and its multiple follow ups, documentaries and popular podcast have kept the world entertained and informed with their quirky, irreverent and unconventional economics-driven takes on just about any topic you can imagine. They will take the NAB Show Main Stage to share their thoughts, examples and anecdotes to help the media, entertainment and broadcast industry think like a freak following one of the most transformative periods in the industry’s history.